Closing a street for construction work can be a crushing financial blow for businesses there.
But the city of Tucson and a contractor working downtown have shown that cooperation pays off.
Scott Avenue south of East Broadway has been closed for several months to narrow the street and widen the sidewalks. Foliage, benches and better lighting were among the pedestrian-friendly amenities added.
Businesses along Scott, including the Arizona Theatre Co. and the Royal Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast Inn, have survived the work with minimal disruption because of a good working relationship with the city and employees from Archer Western Contractors.
That’s encouraging. And it should be a model for future downtown work.